8th April - best week of the winter?

~ Tuesday 8th April 2008

Well it started badly with awful weather - the Oberland Traverse was abandoned in zero vis, high wind and 50cm of fresh snow. We moved across the valley to Chandolin and stayed in the Illhorn hut, and were rewarded with blue skies, perfect snow and deserted hills! This was the last weekend of the season in Val d'Anniviers - a shame to see the lifts closing with such good conditions.

Snowboarder Adam learning to love skis


Then off to the Moiry hut  from the Grimentz lifts - and the whole valley to ourselves. The next day over the Col de Bréona to Evolene, then 2 days skiing powder around Arolla - endless untracked snow - the only other skiers around at the moment  are lycra clad teams training for next weeks Patrouille des Glaciers. The Col des Ignes was untracked powder from 3200m to the road at Satarma, 1800m.

Al and Adam - first tracks down the Col des Ignes 

 Al below the Col des Ignes


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